It has been a dream run for producer Jayantilal Gada of Pen India who partnered Sanjay Leela Bhansali as one of the main backers of Gangubai Kathiawadi. After the third wave ebbed, the costly Alia Bhatt starrer has been one of the most successful theatrical releases of post-pandemic times, gathering more than Rs 120 crore before bowing down to a tsunami titled The Kashmir Files. Despite its high cost of approximately Rs 175 crore (cost of production plus promotion), the theatrical collections along with revenues from other sources like Netflix, music and satellite rights will fetch Gangubai a profit of over Rs 50 crore.
Close on the heels of Gangubai, Gada has the spectacular Rajamouli film RRR, releasing today. Like Gangubai, RRR too had to shoulder the expense of waiting for the pandemic to wane before it could enter the theatres. But it is expected to be a blockbuster worth the wait.
Jayantilal Gada’s John Abraham film Attack is set for a theatrical release on April 1. The promos of the action and special effects film in which John is presented as India’s 1st Super Soldier have already raised much curiosity. A fortnight later, Gada will have his 4th release of the year, the Shahid Kapoor starrer Jersey which has also been waiting in the wings for theatres to function to full capacity.
Riding on the RRR wave, there will be a Hindi dubbed version of Ram Charan’s Acharya which teams the hero with his legendary father Chiranjeevi. Also starring Sonu Sood, Acharya which is due to be released on April 29, will be Gada’s 5th release in the theatres this year.
And so it’s party time for Dr Jayantilal Gada. The producer who has hit the big time will be celebrating his golden run and his 60th birthday on April 1.